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CES is Ireland's first Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test centre! We run weekly PTE Academic exams at our convenient location in Dublin's city centre.

What is PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is the world's leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. It is accepted by thousands of institutions worldwide, as well as by the UK and Australian governments for visa applications.

  • Fast: Results in five business days.
  • Flexible: Schedule tests up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Trusted: Accepted by thousands of universities and colleges worldwide.
  • Approved for UK and Australian student visa applications.

With PTE Academic, you can schedule your test as little as twenty-four hours in advance, and typically receive your results within five business days.

Booking a test is easy. Just create an online account and schedule your test. If you’re not sure when you want to take a test, you can also create a Pearson account now and then book a test at a later time.

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PTE Academic is accepted by prestigious Ivy Leave institutions such as Harvard and Yale, as well as the University of Melbourne and Monash. See the full list of who accepts PTE Academic.

Contact the CES Exams Office on [email protected] +353 -1-679 9506 to find out about availability.

Test fees and dates:

PTE Academic Test price in Ireland: $255 USD

(If you book within 48 hours of your test date, a late 25% booking fee will be applied)

CES has a limited number of test vouchers at a reduced rate. To check for discounts, please contact us on [email protected]

Tests usually take place at CES, Dame Court, Dublin 2 on Monday evenings from 5.00 pm.


Increase your chances of success with our online practice tests and skills boosters.

The PTE Academic Online Practice Tests are the closest experience of the actual test you can get. They reflect the same test format, timings and question types that you will experience in the real test. Get a good idea of your PTE Academic score with a score report almost immediately, and practice any weak spots with our PTE Academic test boosters. The Test Boosters are available to purchase for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days depending on the required preparation time.


We also have two practice books for sale at the main CES reception:

Practice Tests Plus PTE Acadamic Book w/ key & CD-Rom

The Official Guide to the Pearson Test of English Academic

For more information about practice books, please contact [email protected]


More information about PTE Academic:

Test Format:

PTE Academic is 3 hours long and is split into timed parts. There are 20 different types of task. Some tasks will test integrated skills (e.g. reading AND speaking).

  1. Introduction: untimed. We ask you to introduce yourself. This section is not assessed.
  2. Speaking and writing: 77 – 93 minutes
  3. Reading: 32 – 41 minutes
  4. Break: 10 minutes. The break is optional.
  5. Listening: 45 – 57 minutes

The timings shown are variable. The test will always last 3 hours in total.


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